Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to Socialism or regression into Barbarism.
- Rosa Luxemburg, "Junius Pamphlet" 1916

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A quick note on names

Reave Vanshar is a prequel character in a series of fantasy stories I've written, but never published in any form. He's also been my internet alter-ego since I was in high school. It's kind of funny that I blogged under my old internet handle all of twice before discarding it. I guess I felt that there should be a blog post somewhere that came from Reave's voice.

I thought about blogging under my real name for a long time. I don't buy into the poisonous meme that words written in anonymity carry less weight or are somehow less true, but at some point you realize that what you are saying is important to you, important enough that it makes up a part of your identity. I am Steve McAllister, and I talk to people about peak oil and climate change. I teach people about sustainable technology. I garden. The words I want to write about in this space are, I realized, central to my calling in life, and I suddenly, and perhaps a little selfishly, want to be known for it. So here I am.


  1. Greetings to you, sir. It is a pleasure to know you and to share your company in this fellowship of the written word. I have learned a great deal from pondering your writing over the last couple of years, and I am more grateful for that than I can possibly express.

    Please don't ever stop writing, talking, and teaching. Because you have a gift.

  2. You flatter me, sir! Mostly I'm just loud.